What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 47

EPISODE #268

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 24, 1955 on CBS
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EPISODE #268
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Game 1: Miss Lee Chona LaClaire - "Professional Wrestler" (salaried; she had an accent, and didn't appear to understand English very well, but we were never told her nationality; this is her professional name, and a Google search brings up two vintage wrestling photos; from Huntington, WV)

Game 2: Mrs. Lorraine Straka - "Motorcycle Cop" (salaried; she rides a three-wheel motorcycle and gives out parking tickets; if she needs to make an arrest, she uses her 2-way radio to call for help; from Cicero, IL)

Game 3: Robert Q. Lewis (4/25/1921 - 12/11/1991) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Pat Branton - "Tests Seasick Pills" (salaried; she works for Charles Pfizer & Company and tests their Bonamine motion sickness pills for weight properties and other chemical characteristics; Arlene stated that this brand was an improvement over Dramamine; from Brooklyn, NY) . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Fred Allen

    Fred Allen

    Regular Panelist (1955-1956)

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Fred Allen: (after Dorothy Kilgallen's introduction of him) And I also want to thank Robert Q. Lewis for sitting in for me the two weeks that I was in the hospital, and I hope that he'll go up in the hospital and sit in for me now that I'm out. But...at my left, ladies and gentlemen, a young lady who told me today that the sun was so hot all of last week that Bear Mountain has a blister on it two miles long -- Miss Arlene Francis.

      • Bennett: (in the over-twelve-years-off-the-mark department) Next week, John Daly will be the mystery guest.

      • Fred: (during Robert Q. Lewis's mystery guest spot) If this is the gentleman who guessed me last week, I'm not going to guess him this week.

      • Bennett: Good night, Fred.
        Fred: Uh, good night, Dorothy, and I want to thank Robert Q. Lewis for sitting in as a mystery guest for me tonight.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at five down because time ran out. The panel had identified this contestant as being involved with some form of entertainment, but they never came any closer than that. John again flipped them for the second contestant at five down. In this case, Arlene made the correct guess, but her identification was made while John was having a conference with the guest, to clarify a point. Upon hearing Arlene's statement "I thought she was a motorcycle cop," the audience immediately burst into applause, so John flipped the cards on the technicality. - agent_0042 (2008)

        WALK-BY WATCH: Following the general practice of recent, John dispensed with the pre-game panel walk-by segment for the final contestant. Usually, time is so short that the final guest wins the game by default of time. However, in the case of tonight's final game, the time-saving measure ensured that there was time to play the full game, and sure enough, the contestant stumped the panel. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND SET WATCH: This was the first episode to be sponsored by Remington Rand since the company's merger with the Sperry Corporation which had taken effect on July 1, 1955. A slight tweaking to the sponsor billboards on the set also takes effect, with the panel desk now showing the advertising text, "Remington Rand Typewriters presents 'What's My Line?'"; the "Typewriters" part of the billboard was new. Also, the numbers indicating the dollar amounts on the "atomic" flip cards are now in a hand-painted typeface that will be used for the "sponsorless" flip cards from 1961 to the end in 1967.
        (2) TURNAROUND IS FAIR PLAY: Last week, Robert Q. Lewis was a guest panelist while Fred Allen was the mystery guest. This week, Mr. Allen is back in his regular panelist's spot while Mr. Lewis is the mystery guest. RQL's nameplate for his mystery guest spot is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11, with the only difference being that here his nameplate reads "ROBERT Q. LEWIS," as opposed to the "MR. LEWIS" nameplate on his guest panelist appearances.
        (3) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Given the paucity of end credits information on some more recent shows, this was the fourth known "WML?" episode to be directed by Frank Satenstein, and the first since the stretch of shows he helmed in the last three weeks of 1954. This time out, Mr. Satenstein -- about a month away from starting his directing duties on the Classic 39 episodes of "The Honeymooners" -- is filling in for regular "WML?" director Franklin Heller. We also see a new name, Jack Landau, credited with "Scenic Design"; it is possible that Mr. Landau was responsible for the "waffle curtain" used behind the panelists' and Mr. Daly's desks between EPISODE #266 and EPISODE #272. In any case, he replaced the show's prior credited set designer, Robert Rowe Paddock. And because there was time to spare for the end credits after the obligatory American Airlines plug, unlike last week's five-game episode, the vintage credits were once again cruelly subjected to GSN's relentless and merciless "crunching" of the screen on its August 4, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (5) YET ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOSE OF RQL: Following GSN's August 4, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel aired the January 13, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel this week consisting of Bill Cullen, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson, and Monty Woolley as celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)

      • GLASSES GALORE: Sitting next to the bespectacled RQL, we see a rare shot of John Daly in his reading glasses when he puts them on as a humorous response to a question from Fred. Fred had stated that he had received a letter from a viewer named Leah Spratt who lived in St. Joseph, MO. She had been concerned about Fred's appearance, and had told Fred that she too suffered from bags under the eyes. She told Fred that she thought he would look better if he wore glasses, and Fred asked for John's opinion. John didn't answer, but responded by donning his own spectacles. A Google search brings up many hits for Leah Spratt (1901-1997) who was a graduate of St. Joseph Junior College in 1921. Following that, she served as a school teacher. Leah Spratt Hall on the campus of Missouri Western State College is named in her honor. - Suzanne (2005)

        Speaking of Fred's bags under his eyes: While working his way through college, my father worked as a bellhop at the old Rooney Plaza Hotel in Miami, FL. Dad used to brag that he could carry six bags at a time - "Two in each arm and one under each eye." - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      • REVIEW: After the previous week's nearly perfect show, the panel had an average night this week. In the first game, they were so off the track that John decided to throw in the towel and give the lady wrestler from West Virginia the full amount. The big problem was the fact that they thought she was a circus performer and didn't try to move into the field of sports. Had they done so, they probably would have had a chance. In the second game, Arlene asked a question that required John to have a conference with the contestant. As John and the policewoman were conferring, Arlene blurted out an offhand comment that she thought the lady was possibly a motorcycle cop! Her comment received an immediate loud reaction from the fans in the audience and allowed Arlene to make a correct identification. However, since Arlene had "help," John decided to flip the cards over and give the guest the full prize. In the mystery guest round, the panel pretty much realized that the tables were turned on them when Robert Q. Lewis, who filled in for Fred while he was recovering from his emergency appendectomy, was the mystery guest. In fact, Bennett had a hunch that the producers might pull a stunt like that, and had mentioned the possibility to John before the program began. John related the story in amazement at Bennett's perception. In the final game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the woman who tested seasick pills. Therefore, she won the full prize of $50 by default. - Sargebri (2005)

      • HAL BLOCK MENTION: We hear a rare mention of Hal Block's name on this episode. Block has been gone since March 1953. After Bennett ruins the mystery guest segment by asking if the person had been associated with the show, when it is then Dorothy's turn, we hear Bennett say off camera "Hal Block." Dorothy laughs as if the idea that Block would ever be on the show again was absurd. Turns out she was right. - Cindy Trells (2005)

        The panel guesses Robert Q. Lewis very fast, who seems genuinely disappointed in the swift identification. After some panel chit-chat, RQL asks John about John's puppies. John relates that last week after the show, his dog whelped until 5:00 AM Monday, producing 4 Scottie pups. John said that he and Mrs. Daly supervised, there was no vet present. - Suzanne (2005)

        Oddly enough, when the panel identified Robert Q. Lewis as the mystery guest, they never even said ol' "Q-sie's" name aloud. Instead, Bennett quickly verified his hunch as to what was going on and then the panel asked a series of questions that they knew would get them "no" responses, until John finally decided the game was up and asked them to unmask. - agent_0042 (2008)

        Tidbits: Again, the oppressive summer heat is mentioned. Bennett tells us that next week, Arlene opens in Montclair, NJ in a play called "The Road to Rome." - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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